CK police briefs – Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Storage units targeted by thieves

Chatham-Kent police are appealing to the public for tips as they work to solve a pair of break-ins at some storage units in Chatham.

Police said sometime between 5 p.m. Friday and 8:30 a.m. Saturday, someone cut the locks off of two storage units on Richmond Street and took off with various tools.

The combined value of the stolen items is estimated at $3,000.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Constable Andy Brown at andrewbr@chatham-kent.ca or 519-436-6600 mailbox #87364. You can also submit an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) and may be eligible for a cash reward.

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Six drivers charged after crashes in Chatham, Wheatley

A half-dozen drivers are facing charges after a busy day for the Chatham-Kent police traffic unit.

Police said in the first case, a 17-year-old Chatham teen was charged with making an unsafe left turn after officers were called to a two-vehicle crash on Queen Street in Chatham Tuesday morning.

No injuries were reported and the damage was estimated at $10,000.

In the second case, officers were called to a single-vehicle crash on Grand Avenue East between Memory Lane and Taylor Avenue in Chatham Tuesday morning.

Police said their investigation showed that a 56-year-old Chatham had lost control of his vehicle before it went off the road and hit a hydro pole and nearby building.

He was taken to the hospital for medical attention and later charged with careless driving.

The damage in that case was estimated at $3,000.

In the third investigation, police were called to a two-vehicle crash on Richmond Street near Keil Drive in Chatham Tuesday afternoon.

Officer said no injuries were reported, the damage was estimated at $2,000 and the driver responsible was charged with following too closely.

In the fourth case, an 18-year-old Bothwell woman was charged after officers were called to a two-vehicle collision on Countryview Line between Centre Side Road and Lindsay Road Tuesday afternoon.

No injuries were reported there and the damage was estimated at $3,000.

In the fifth crash, an 86-year-old Chatham woman was charged with disobeying a red light after a two-vehicle crash Tuesday afternoon on St. Clair Street near Gregory Drive in Chatham.

Police said the damage was estimated at $8,000 and no injuries were reported there.

And in the sixth case, officers were called to a two-vehicle crash on McDougall Line near Queens Line Tuesday afternoon.

Police said no one was injured and a 37-year-old Harrow man was charged with trying to pass when the roadway wasn’t clear.

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Drivers stopped for various offences across Chatham-Kent

In addition to all of those crashes, several other delinquent drivers kept CK police busy on the roads.

Officers said an officer on general patrol stopped a 36-year-old Chatham man Tuesday morning on Park Avenue West in Chatham and charged him with speeding, driving while under suspension, obstructing his license plate, and failing to surrender his insurance.

Police stopped ten other motorists in the area of Middle Line near Bolohan Drive in Tilbury Tuesday afternoon and charged them with speeding.

Officers also stopped three drivers in the Wheatley area Tuesday afternoon, charging two of them with speeding in the area of Drover’s Road and 3rd Concession Line. The third driver was stopped and charged with speeding on Middleton Line.

Police cracked down on people who weren’t cleaning the snow off of their vehicles, too.

Officers who were conducting traffic enforcement in Chatham on Tuesday charged two drivers with having a snow-covered license plate, and two drivers with having an obstructed view because of the snow.

During that same enforcement campaign, police charged two drivers with speeding and one driver with using a handheld communication device while driving.